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Dazzi P., Laforenza D., Tonellotto N., Aldinucci M., Campa S., Danelutto M., Kilpatrick P., Vanneschi M. Behavioural skeletons in GCM: autonomic management of grid components. In: PDP 08 - 16th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-Based Processing (Toulouse, France, 13-15 febbraio 2008). Proceedings, pp. 54 - 63. IEEE Computer Society, 2008.
Autonomic management can be used to improve the QoS provided by parallel/distributed applications. We discuss behavioural skeletons introduced in earlier work: rather than relying on programmer ability to design "from scratch" efficient autonomic policies, we encapsulate general autonomic controller features into algorithmic skeletons. Then we leave to the programmer the duty of specifying the parameters needed to specialise the skeletons to the needs of the particular application at hand. This results in the programmer having the ability to fast prototype and tune distributed/parallel applications with non-trivial autonomic management capabilities. We discuss how behavioural skeletons have been implemented in the framework of GCM(the Grid ComponentModel developed within the CoreGRID NoE and currently being implemented within the GridCOMP STREP project). We present results evaluating the overhead introduced by autonomic management activities as well as the overall behaviour of the skeletons. We also present results achieved with a long running application subject to autonomic management and dynamically adapting to changing features of the target architecture. Overall the results demonstrate both the feasibility of implementing autonomic control via behavioural skeletons and the effectiveness of our sample behavioural skeletons in managing the "functional replication" pattern(s).
DOI: 10.1109/PDP.2008.46
Subject Autonomic Computing
Structured parallel programming
D.2.2 Design Tools and Techniques

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